Sunday, May 22, 2016 marked the inauguration of DJJ’s free bus transportation service being made available to families of residents currently housed in juvenile correctional facilities (JCC). Dozens of family members took advantage of the new service, which is provided through a partnership with Assisting Families of Inmates and James River and VanGo transportation companies. Clean, modern buses operated by professional, courteous drivers depart from several locations in five regions throughout the Commonwealth every other Sunday.
These photos show families gathering in Newport News and Roanoke at designated bus stops. One mother boarding in Roanoke was Abingdon resident Christine Casey, who had not seen her son in two years until the new transportation service provided her the opportunity to visit him at the Beaumont JCC. DJJ staff provided her transportation to and from her home to the Roanoke bus stop. “When I first heard about the new service, I jumped at it,” Ms. Casey said. As she walked toward his housing unit at Beaumont, she remarked, “I can’t wait to see how much he’s grown in two years.” Upon seeing her son, Ms. Casey said, “Look at how much you’ve grown!”
“Two years without a visit from family is way too long when we know that continued support and involvement from a family member is one of the most critical elements to ensuring successful treatment and reentry of a youth,” said DJJ Director Andy Block. “Now that this valuable service is available for DJJ families, we need to do all we can to ensure that families are making the most of it.”
To find out how to participate, families can contact their child’s probation officer. See below for information on transportation serving your region.